Concern over traffic increase

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Like many of your correspondents I too am concerned about the increase in traffic on The Ridge following the opening of the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road.

Whether the Queensway Gateway will reduce traffic flow along The Ridge is at present unknown.

However, readers may be reassured by the following from Rupert Clubb, Director of Communities, Economy and Transport for East Sussex County Council. In a written reply to our MP in response to an enquiry from me he writes “The (Queensway) Gateway Road will help to improve traffic conditions across the wider road network in this part of Hastings and traffic wanting to access Rye will continue to use the existing A259 along the coast. However some may choose to use the Bexhill Hastings Link Road, Queensway and The Ridge as an alternative.”

Local councillor John Hodges has also written: “I have the view that the quickest way to reach Rye and the Channel ports from the top of Queensway is via the A28 and the Udimore Road, that now becomes a real alternative to the use of The Ridge. But the shortest way from Bexhill itself to Rye is still via the A259, it may, with a reduction in traffic, also be the quickest.”

Councillor Hodges also points out that the link road is not designed as a bypass but to connect the potential source of labour in the area with the planned new industrial development in NE Bexhill.

Does this mean that we can expect to see clear signage at the Belle Hill Junction of the BHLR directing Rye traffic along the A259 and also, at the junction of The Ridge West with Junction Road, signage directing Rye and channel ports traffic down Junction Road onto the A21 and then A28?

John Mercer

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